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Charles Edward Heil Obituary
July 7, 1927 - October 3, 2013 Chuck was born in Rocky River Ohio. He Graduated with a degree in Naval Architecture from the School of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He served his country in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign and then Lt. JG during the Korean War. Working at Atlantic Richfield he became the Co's rep aboard the ice breaking tanker S.S. Manhattan, a project to re explore the Northwest Passage. He advanced to Vice President of Arco Marine after moving to Los Angeles. He later worked for Matson Shipping Lines in San Francisco. In retirement Chuck volunteered at the Los Angeles Maritime Insititue (LAMI), and their organization, Top Sail, that exposes at risk youths to sailing tall masted ships. At LAMI, he was project manager for the construction of two twin brigantine schooners. He said of one of the ships after being grounded and severely damaged in Ventura, she is coming off this beach, or she is coming off this beach in pieces". With many volunteers and 3 tugboats, she was successfully moved in one piece. Chuck was a valued friend, and a vital member of the community. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years Ann, his son Peter, daughter Barbara. He will be greatly missed. Chucks ashes will be scattered into the sea from the deck of the tall ship he so loved on October 27th at 2 P.M. Information concerning the location and parking can be obtained at the LAMI Top Sail office 310-855-6055 In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made at http://www.lamitopsail.org
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 19, 2013
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